'The key to the victory was Emery, who has been knocked for playing poorly, particularly in Ottawa's 7-6 overtime loss in Game 1 when he allowed seven goals on 23 shots. Emery was at his sharpest of the series on Thursday in keeping the Senators' season alive. He made numerous strong saves, three times foiling Ales Kotalik's shots from the slot, including one with 8 minutes left.'
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'Redden broke the tie at 2:52 of the third. His long shot bounced off the leg of Buffalo's Henrik Tallinder and bounced past Ryan Miller, who was screened by a crowd. Derek Roy was off for tripping Patrick Eaves.'
'Wade Redden scored the game-winning goal early in the third period and Ray Emery dazzled with 29 saves, as the Ottawa Senators staved off elimination with a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series at HSBC Arena.'
'“There definitely have been a lot of disappointments here,” said Redden, who paused for a moment to find the right words. “For whatever reason, it does wear on you. We want to be winning. We want to have a chance to win. It’s obviously disappointing to be in this position again.”'
‘”It’s been a great year so far. The team spirit has been unbelievable.”‘
‘”I won’t play tonight. I don’t feel I can help my team yet,” the star goaltender said after spending 45 minutes testing his injured groin in practice Thursday morning prior to Game 4 of Ottawa’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against Buffalo.’
'So as we watch the exciting conclusion of this series, showcasing the best that the NHL is and will be in the future, pause for a moment and reflect on the disaster that was averted. That’s why it is really hard to hate Ottawa fans–we are them, and they are us.'
Ottawa at Buffalo (AP)
Sabres can sweep Senators, advance to conference finals (Sportsticker)
(1) Ottawa Senators (0-3) at (4) Buffalo Sabres (3-0) (The Sports Network)
‘Before Wednesday night’s Sabres-Ottawa Senators game, scalpers were easily getting $100 to $150 for 300 level seats that had a face value of $50 while a couple was spotted paying $600 for a pair of prime 200 level seats that carried a face value of $120 each. Scalpers are expected to garner even higher prices for tonight’s game as the Sabres have a chance to sweep the Senators.’
'"We worked real hard and played a pretty responsible game," said Ottawa coach Bryan Murray. "But we can't find a way to score. If you don't score goals and put pressure on the opposition you don't win hockey games. All we have done the whole series is play from behind."'